The harmful effects of social media

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Khurchid Nabi                               Â

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Social networking is the use of social media sites on the Internet to keep in touch with friends, family, colleagues, clients or clients. Social media is one of the modern means of communication that has gained popularity in recent times. He held a special place in our lives. Social networks can have a social purpose, a business purpose, or both, through sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram, among others. Social media has changed the way we communicate with each other. Without a doubt, the best reason to join a social networking site is that it allows you to connect with other people. You can use social networking sites to keep up to date with what your friends are up to. If the social network is popular, you may be able to reunite with old friends and acquaintances and rekindle long-forgotten friendships. We can get our fix of current happenings through this medium, share our favorite websites with each other, and capture moments using pictures and videos to share with family and friends. We may use websites like Facebook to launch a new business idea, sell products or services, and expand our brand reach. It changes our idea of ​​what it means to start a business.

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Some people think that social media is a blessing for us, while others consider it a curse for human civilization in the name of advancing technology. Although social media is a very powerful way to communicate between people as it has the ability to connect with anyone in the world and share information instantly, but it cannot be denied that social networks also have certain disadvantages. Perhaps the main disadvantage of online social networks is that they facilitate identity theft. In order to create a profile on a social networking site, you need to share certain information about yourself. Many sites allow you to decide how much information to share. Some give you the option to hide information such as your email address or date of birth, information that could give unscrupulous people the chance to spam you or impersonate you. The problem is that if you don’t share any information, none of your friends will be able to find you on the site. This defeats the purpose of a social networking site in the first place. On the other hand, if you share too much, you might find that someone else is impersonating you. They try to access your emails or financial information. Not only that, one has to be extremely careful about what he shares and with whom he shares. A number of times we come across cases or should I say crimes in the news channel that had their initiations on social networking sites. It becomes very easy to access someone’s personal information and use it to the detriment of the person.

You may have noticed that how often do you see someone looking at their phone? People get distracted by all the social apps, news, and messages they receive, leading to all sorts of problems like distracted driving or not getting someone’s full attention during a conversation. Browsing social media can also feed habits of procrastination and become a resource people turn to to avoid certain tasks or responsibilities. When we expose our brain to electronics, it can change the focus of our mind from wanting to fall asleep to staying engaged with social media. The blue light spectrum of some devices can also be stimulating, but the danger with this drawback is that we start to think more about what other people are doing or about our profile information instead of trying to rest.. The time spent on these platforms, as well as the time it takes to recover from distraction, can cost us up to 3 hours of productive time per day. Let me tell you that there are some ways to limit this inconvenience. Start by disabling notifications on the phone. Talk with people instead of taking out a device to chat on an app. Next, we should give ourselves specific times of the day when we check your profile and news feed instead of accessing it multiple times a day.

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Social networking has become one of the important agents that lead to the destruction of the family system in our society. Â More often than not, this can result in negative interaction or no interaction between siblings, couples, or parent-child. It robs the family of learning and modeling with each other social cues, interpersonal skills, communication skills, and bonding. We don’t communicate with each other personally as we spend most of the time online on social media. According to psychological research, about 30% of people use smart phones, tablets and other gadgets instead of talking to someone personally. Most of the time, we get to know our family members through Facebook status or other platforms because we don’t personally communicate with our parents and siblings. This can ruin the reputation of the family and lead to various family conflicts, especially between spouses.

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I’m not advocating stopping using social media. It really depends on how you use it. It allows us to share photos/moments/videos with our loved ones; especially with those in other parts of the country or the world. It can be used to improve our business productivity and gain access to information across the world, but becoming addicted to it can make us neglect our family living in a fantasy world hence will make life miserable. Therefore, we need to use social media very carefully and remember to use smart phones and other gadgets wisely so that we can spend more time with the people we love without social media.

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(The author is a student at IASE Srinagar)A

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